Home / Politics / Policy /  Narendra Modi violated poll code with Varanasi nomination: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress demanded that action be taken against Narendra Modi as they argued that the telecast of his roadshow and filing of nomination papers in Varanasi Lok Sabha seat in the 117 constituencies where polling is going on, was a “flagrant violation" of the model code of conduct.

“We do not want just issuing of notice," party spokesman and Union minister Anand Sharma said. “We want action."

“FIR should be registered against all BJP leaders involved including the candidate from Varanasi," Sharma said.

Insisting that the telecast of Modi’s roadshow and his filing of nomination “gravely violated" the model code, Sharma alleged that this was part of a “well-planned" scheme of the BJP’s to influence the voters in the constituencies where polling is going on.

He pointed out that the law was very clear that there cannot be canvassing on the polling day.

Noting that the BJP programme was an elaborate affair and the telecast took place from 8 am till 3 pm, Sharma wondered “why the EC was not alert" and why the media was not told against telecasting it in the constituencies going to the polls on Thursday.

Claiming that the development was “without precedent", Sharma said what happened was “unacceptable".

Sharma played down a question about the live telecast all over the country of Rahul Gandhi filing nomination papers in Amethi when Tripura had gone to the polls.

He said that the constituencies involved on Thursday were 117, the second largest number of seats that went to the polls in a single day in the nine-phase elections.

“We expect the EC to take appropriate action. It is a very flagrant violation of the Represention of People Act," he said in reply to a question.

“We will wait for the response of the EC," Sharma said when asked whether the party will demand a repoll in all the 117 constituencies.

Asked whether the Congress planned to approach the President on the issue, he merely said, “Let us take one step at a time."

The 117 constituencies in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections are spread across 11 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Fate of 2,076 candidates will be decided by 18 crore voters in the polls on Thursday in which stakes are high for the Congress, the BJP and several other parties such as AIADMK, DMK, NCP and Shiv Sena.

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